Promising Programs Statewide: Fayetteville State University Higher Education Research Summer 2015

Fayetteville State University: Boosting Bronco Brothers (B3), Bronco MILE, and My Brother’s Peer-Keepers             As outlined in Chapter 1, African American males have among the lowest attainment rates of minority peer groups. This is a troubling fact that has had tremendous impact on our economic well-being. This is why the challenge of providing African American males with the education necessary for success in the workforce has become a national priority.… Full story »

A Strong Economy through Post-Secondary Education: Part Three – Encouraging College Attainment for At-Risk Students Higher Education Research Summer 2015

Our approach to higher education must adapt in order to meet the needs of students in the face of a changing job market. As outlined in the first chapter, our state’s demographics are in a constant state of change. Minority populations are growing and baby boomers are retiring en masse, all at a time when our economy is shifting to one based on high-skill jobs that require a credential beyond high school.… Full story »

A Strong Economy through Post-Secondary Education: Part Two – Strategies to Increase Educational Attainment in North Carolina Higher Education Research Summer 2015

Improvement for North Carolina attainment numbers will require continued focus and support at the local, state, and federal levels in the coming years. It is not surprising that all three higher educational systems in North Carolina—The University of North Carolina (UNC), the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS), and the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU)—have each made increased educational attainment a priority.… Full story »

A Strong Economy through Post-Secondary Education: Part One – Increasing Educational Attainment Higher Education Research Summer 2015

College attainment is most broadly defined as the percentage of the adult population that holds a two- or four-year college degree. Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) figures show that the college attainment rate of American adults ages 25-34 is only 42 percent, placing the United States 13th among other developed countries.1 Many notable statewide (for example, the University of North Carolina system and the North Carolina Community College System) systems and national (for example, the Lumina Foundation) organizations have identified increasing attainment rates as the single most important goal related to producing a workforce that is prepared to succeed in the jobs of the future.… Full story »

A Strong Economy through Post-Secondary Education: Introduction Higher Education Research Summer 2015

Education can and must assume the role as the ultimate equalizer, in addition to its role as an economic engine. Over the past few decades, post-secondary education and training have become increasingly crucial to the American economy. In 1973, workers with a post-secondary education held only 28 percent of jobs; by comparison, they held 59 percent of jobs in 2010 and will hold 65 percent of jobs in 2020.… Full story »